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Dr. Carina Heller

Postdoctoral Fellow

Friedrich Schiller University Jena

Discovery (Biological & Genetic Mechanisms)

Carina was trained in psychology and holds a PhD from the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany, in which she focused on white and gray matter brain alterations in patients with the 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, a syndrome associated with a 30% risk to develop schizophrenia in adult life. In this and other projects, she cooperates with the Psychiatry Neuroimaging Laboratory (PNL), Harvard Medical School, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, USA. During her postdoc, she now works on projects about the effects of female sex hormones and oral contraception use on the human female brain.​

Area of Research Expertise
Oral contraceptives; Sex hormones; Brain health; Structural MRI; Diffusion MRI